Birmingham music venue hit by fire finally reopening as owners say 'this is important to us'

The 5:15 Club is at the site of the old Roadhouse
The 5:15 Club is at the site of the old Roadhouse -Credit:Kirsty Bosley

A new live music venue is set to open at the site of the former Roadhouse in Stirchley. The 5:15 Club will open its doors to punters for the first time on Friday, May 24 following a refurbishment.

The team behind the retro club says that as well as hosting gigs and comedy shows at the 350-capacity venue, it will also be inviting community groups to hire the space by day. The Roadhouse closed in September 2017 and was hit by fire in March of 2018.

The venue then reopened as Unit 7 in June 2023 but the short-lived venture failed to take off and it closed in October. Now it will finally reopen under new management.

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One of the club's four co-owners, Sharon Birch, said: "Prominently, Fridays and Saturdays are going to be for live music including original bands, cover bands and DJs as well as up-and-coming and open mics. Then we'll have comedy and sport too.

Another of the four owners, Dawn Reid, added: "During the week we're talking about allowing community groups to come in and use the space. We might have a pop-up library or line dancing!

"With Birmingham City Council in the state it's in, we know there are community groups that will need a warm safe space during the week. They can come here. There's no point in us paying rates to the council and not making good use of it for the community in the week.

"The number of venues where bands can go and perform live is dwindling and so keeping this as a music venue is important to us. It's key on the weekend."

Currently the venue will be open on Fridays and Saturdays will a view of expanding opening hours. The current line-up of events is listed here, including Angelo Starr and The Edwin Starr Band on Friday, May 24 and ska band the Precursors on Saturday, May 25. Tickets are £15 if pre-booked but may be more on the door.

There's an upstairs part of the venue that the team says will be further developed into VIP booths as the club establishes itself. There's also a spacious outdoor area with tables and seating.

Among the beers on draft are Brooklyn Stonewall Inn IPA, Wychwood Hobgoblin Session IPA, Carlsberg, San Miguel, Guinness and Somersby ciders. Pints are priced from £4.50. Wines, spirits and other drinks are available in the plastic-free venue.

To alleviate any concerns to neighbours about cars and motorbikes outside the front of the venue, The 5:15 Club is asking customers to consider the neighbours when visiting and to come on foot where possible as there's very limited room for vehicles outside. The venue is tucked off Pershore Road, equidistant between Bournville and Kings Norton train stations and along a bus route.